Continuing Education

Bracing Connections and Related Topics Seminar

Honolulu, HI

This seminar is sponsored by Steel Industry Improvement Fund of Hawaii.

Presented by William A. Thornton

This seminar begins with a discussion of basic principles. Most connection design is based on first principles, without the aid of complex computer models and with little codification.  This module will address the three basic principles of structural mechanics: equilibrium, constitutive equations (limit states), and compatibility.  The seminar then discusses the Uniform Force Method procedure as detailed in the 14th Edition of the AISC Steel Construction Manual.  Next, advantages and disadvantage of three different types of common bracing details will be discussed.  Then, the various steps and methodologies used for bracing connection design in high seismic areas will be presented through an in-depth design example.  The seminar concludes with discussions on bracing connections to column bases, slip-critical connections and filler development.


7:30 AM Registration and morning pastries and beverages
8:00 AM Seminar begins
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
3:00 PM Seminar concludes


Pagoda Hotel
1525 Rycroft St.
Honolulu, HI 96814

  • Location: Honolulu
  • Date: October 25, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. HST
  • Cost:

    $100 AISC Member
    $100 Educator/Student
    $100 Non-Member

    Registration fee includes seminar notes and a copy of Design Guide 29: Vertical Bracing Connections. Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations received 1–3 days prior to the seminar will be charged a $75 service charge. Cancellations and no shows the day of the seminar will receive no refund.

    To cancel a registration or make a substitution, e-mail or call 312.670.8311.

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